Download the checklist for anthropology majors and minors

Total Required Credit Hours

Students earning the B. A. degree with a major in anthropology must complete all University, college and departmental degree requirements.  This includes the general education requirements, the major requirements defined below, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total 120 credit hours.  Double major need not complete a minor.

Declaring a Major in Anthropology

There are no pre-requisites for admission to major.  In general, students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or 61 semester hours for transfer students).  See the undergraduate director, Dr. Cameron Lacquement (ten Hoor 24C; email: clacquement@as.ua.edu), to declare Anthropology as your major.

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required.  The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 Hrs.

ANT 107 Introduction to Archaeology

3 Hrs.

ANT 210 Language and Culture

3 Hrs.

ANT 270 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

3 Hrs.

ANT 421 Ethnography or ANT 440 Culture

3 Hrs.

ANT 300-400 archaeology*

3 Hrs.

ANT 300-400 biological anthropology**

3 Hrs.

ANT 100+

3 Hrs.

ANT 300+

6 Hrs.

Total

30 Hrs.

*Archaeology course must be completed from this list: (ANT) 318, 319, 368, 408, 409, 424, 428, 444, 445, 460, 462, 465, 466, 467, or any
300-400 level archaeology course

**Biological anthropology course must be completed from this list: (ANT) 311,
312, 471, 473, 474, 475, 478, 479, or any 300-400 level biological course

Specialized Tracks in Anthropology

In addition to the anthropology courses described above, specialized tracks are available to students at the major and minor levels for those wishing to concentrate in a specific area.

Health Professions Track

This specialization in health may be attractive to pre-health professionals and/or those planning a future
in health science or health care, including but not limited to medicine, nursing, public health, health
policy, epidemiology, medical anthropology, and medical sociology. In addition to the Common Courses
list below, students will take:

  • ANT 411
  • Any three of the following ANT courses, which may include only one at the 100 or 200 level: 275, 311,
    402, 405, 411, 419, 476, or any cultural or physical medical anthropology course offered.

Southeastern Archaeology Track

This archaeology specialization in cultural resource management (delete) may be attractive to
archaeological technicians and/or those planning a career in cultural resource management, including
but not limited to private consulting firms, National Park Service, National Forest Service, Bureau of Land
Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State Historic Preservation Offices. In addition to the
Common Courses above, students will take:

  • ANT 269
  • ANT 466
  • ANT 368, 424 or 428

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 12 hours at the 300-and 400-level in this major must be earned on this campus.

Required Ancillary Courses

The major in Anthropology does not require ancillary courses.  However, it is recommended that students, especially those considering graduate school, study a foreign language.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor.

Other Academic Policies Governing Completion of the Major

None.